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IPC Swimming World Championships

Jessica Long

Long gets ready to compete. Photograph by André Petit, courtesy of the IPC.

The 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships, which were held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, came to a close August 18. Almost 500 athletes from 53 countries competed in the seven-day event. Forty-three new world records were set, and 172 gold medals were awarded. This was the largest gathering of international IPC swimmers since the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Team USA came in fourth place overall, behind Ukraine, Great Britain, and the Russian Federation, with a total of 11 gold, 13 silver, and nine bronze medals. The team roster comprised 16 female athletes and eight male athletes. Among the athletes who set records were Kayla Wheeler (S2) who set three American records in the women's 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, and 50m butterfly; she also set an IPC Americas record for her performance in the 50m butterfly. In the women's 100m freestyle Cortney Jordan (S7) earned her second world title of the meet with a time of 1:11.75. Noga Nir-Kistler (SB5) set an American record in the women's 100m breaststroke, Tucker Dupree (S12) set an American record in the men's 100m backstroke, and Jessica Long (S8) simultaneously set an American and world record in the women's 100m butterfly with a time of 1:09.79; her prior time was 1:10.13.

The next IPC Swimming World Championships are set for Glasgow, Scotland, in 2015.

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65th National Amputee and 24th Annual National Senior Amputee Golf Championships

The National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) held its 65th National Amputee Championship and 24th Annual National Senior Amputee Championship August 12-16 at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course, Lincoln, Nebraska. The tournament was presented by the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, and the Lincoln Convention & Visitor's Bureau. Six women and 68 men competed, and among them were several wounded warriors. The tournament is open to anyone wishing to participate, but registration is capped at 120 players due to course limits.

The standard format is three days of individual play, and the senior championship is two days of individual play. Both are held concurrently. The open championship is divided into five divisions based on the level of the player's amputation: transfemoral, transtibial, transhumeral, transradial, and multiple amputations. Players compete for the overall title from any subdivision and also compete against players with similar types of amputation. There is also an associate division for able-bodied individuals. The Senior Championship is divided into age groups: 50-59, 60-69, and 70 plus.

The overall open champion and transtibial subdivision first place winner was Canadian Josh Williams, who shot 213, zero to par; this was his third year to claim the championship. Lucian Newman III, MD, shot three over par to claim the title of overall senior champion and win the transhumeral subdivision. The overall open ladies champion was Kim Moore, who shot 12 over par. She won for the 11th consecutive year and placed eighth overall. Moore, who has a transtibial amputation, is a PGA golf professional. The overall net champion was Mandi Sedlak, CFm, who shot 12 over par. Sedlak, who has a right transtibial amputation, is also the western director of the Nebraska Women's Amateur Golf Association.

Participant Dean Jarvis said that this was one of the best golf tournaments he had ever witnessed. "You had three golfers within two strokes of each other for the majority of the round with the lead changing hands back and forth," he said. "The 18th hole was 430 yards with water down the right, sand traps lining the left side of the hole, and PGA tour professionals like Tiger Woods could not have played the hole better."

The International Cup was held after the individual tournament was over. "We actually have U.S. players that qualify or are picked and they play some international players that come over during the week...," said Kenny Green, NAGA executive director, explaining that in this Ryder Cup style of play, there are 18 holes of alternate shot in the morning followed by 18 holes of individual matches in the afternoon.

"I think this was one of our best championships in recent history," Green said. "Our turnout was a little lower than the past few years, but Nebraska is not necessarily the easiest place to get to."

Next year's NAGA championships are slated for August 25-29 at The Signature at West Neck, Virginia Beach, Virginia.